PE and Sports Fund

The Government are spending over £450 million on improving physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools over the 3 academic years 2013 to 2014, 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016. The funding is sent directly to schools.

Schools can choose how they use the funding, for example to:

  • hire specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers during PE lessons
  • support and involve the least active children by running after-school sports clubs and holiday clubs,
  • provide resources and training courses in PE and sport for teachers
  • run sport competitions or increase pupils’ participation in the games
  • run sports activities with other schools

Since September 2013, Ofsted inspections report on PE and sport provision and on how schools spend their additional funding.

Schools are held accountable by being required to publish by April 2014, on their websites, details of how they spend (or will spend) their PE and sport grant. They must also include detail about the impact this funding has on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment.